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Removing engraving on iPod Mini/Nano 2G
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Tomchu
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Sep 21, 2006, 09:20 PM
 
What is the possibility of getting rid of an engraving on an iPod Mini/Nano 2G? They share the same coloured metal case, as well as an engraving that looks like it's actually white paint.

I wanted to ask here before I go hunting around some departments at edit to give me suggestions. :-P
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analogika
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Sep 21, 2006, 09:33 PM
 
It's laser engraved.

Other than grinding it off (and removing the anodized color layer in the process), there's nothing you can do.
     
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Sep 21, 2006, 09:33 PM
 
I don't know if it's possible without engraving ugly whiteish blocks over the current engraving.

Edit: What Analogika said.
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Sep 21, 2006, 10:23 PM
 
Well, you could probably go to a jeweler that does engravings and just have them scratch it out for a small fee. It might look kind of nasty though.
     
Tomchu  (op)
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Sep 21, 2006, 11:01 PM
 
Why does the engraving appear like it's white paint, then? The metal can't be white underneath.

Do they coat it with something after the actual laser procedure?
     
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Sep 21, 2006, 11:02 PM
 
I think the laser is just removing the polished outer layer of the aluminum. It's not paint, though.
     
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Sep 21, 2006, 11:31 PM
 
why not just get a very steady tool and fill the engravings in with aluminum?
     
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Sep 21, 2006, 11:46 PM
 
Good luck with that...
     
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Sep 22, 2006, 08:49 AM
 
On my wife's new Nano 2G it looks like the engraving is filled with white material to make it stand out better. Not the aluminum showing through, but something like white paint.

Since the engraving is indeed engraved the only way to remove it is to engrave around it and basically produce some sort of etched block. Which will look like poo when you're done. The point of the engraving for a lot of people is that it's both custom AND permanent-without making the removal of the engraving utterly obvious.

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Sep 22, 2006, 09:05 AM
 
What embarrassing phrase must Tomchu's iPod have engraved on it?

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Sep 22, 2006, 09:54 AM
 
Originally Posted by Big Mac
What embarrassing phrase must Tomchu's iPod have engraved on it?
That's what I was thinking, why would someone want the engraving removed??
     
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Sep 22, 2006, 11:04 AM
 
"This iPod stolen from Irving Wallace, (212) 555-1234"
     
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Sep 22, 2006, 11:17 AM
 
engrave a straight line through it.

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Tomchu  (op)
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Sep 22, 2006, 12:48 PM
 
Haha ... no embarassing phrases. [cringe]

Now I have a 2G Nano with a girl's name on it.
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Sep 22, 2006, 04:18 PM
 
an opaque case should cover up that problem without scratching it up, unless you plan to re-gift it to someone else.
     
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Sep 22, 2006, 05:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock
why not just get a very steady tool and fill the engravings in with aluminum?
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Sep 22, 2006, 05:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by Tomchu
Haha ... no embarassing phrases. Just an ex's name. It was given to her as a gift when she was injured rather badly -- but she doesn't want it.

Now I have a 2G Nano with a girl's name on it.
Just say that's your nickname for the iPod...

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Sep 22, 2006, 05:55 PM
 
Originally Posted by Tomchu
Haha ... no embarassing phrases. Just an ex's name. It was given to her as a gift when she was injured rather badly -- but she doesn't want it.

Now I have a 2G Nano with a girl's name on it.
add a second line:

hocked this iPod for crack

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